Originally Posted by warewolff
I was hoping you'd chime in, Christopher. How have you been?? In my case on this particular bus though it was completely bare bones and I have no "blank plate" anywhere. That's why I'm scratching my head. There was nothing there to begin with and normally I can buy an adapter for whatever connector I have to the unit connector. I have nothing. I can't find anything down there except the data connector. There's no spot in my dashboard for a unit. I'm going to rebuild the whole area anyway but, in this case, any idea where I should start?
I been good... rollin lots of bus wheels lately.. cruisin the interstates in a school bus somewhere..
as for where to start.. you have a clean slate.. wherever you can find or make a spot you can start... if you are going to cut into metal you have a much better chance of supporting a double DIN radio.. you may need to buy a panel mount cage for it..
something like.. (example.. there are others.. crutchfield is a greast place to look)..
here is a bucket for underdash mounting... or overhead console possibly?
asd mentioned in the last post.. you can open up your bus wiring panel.. and you'll likelt need to find.. a BAT+ (hot all the time), anb IGN+ (hopt when the key is on), a ground, and if you want to dim your screen then you;ll connect a wire from one of your panel lights to the DIMMER on the radio..
harness wise.. when you get the radio it should come with a connector.. and then a a plug with a bunch of lose wires.. (or you can buy the builders kit for that radio that gives you just open-ended wires for you to splice how you see fit..
always remember to stay on the breakered or fused side of any circuit you tap..
speakers... if you are running amps.. then you'll run the RCA's.. or digital links (if your amp and receiver talk the same language).. from the radio to your AMP location.. and then of course power to your amp.. and ground.. (IGN+) so the amp shuts off when you are away from the bus.. and doesnt kill your bats..
2 wires from each speaker to your amp location...
in my case im installing two new speakers.. 6x9's in wooden boxes that will hang above the driver area.. ill mount them in angled boxes on the top header panel.. angled down somewhat..
just behind my driver seat before my first seat (i still have all my seating in the red bus// itll stay that way).. I'll have my SUB.. I have a 10 and a 12.. im thuinking ill use the 10 and see... my amp will go in that area too.. out of view but stil reachable to adjust..
my buis already has 4 crappy speakers in the back.. so I'll go ahead and hook those up to the rear channels.. they are little 4 inchers.. I'll probably replace them with something standard like 5 1/4's.. a little better than what they are.. and then there is some OK sound in the back of the bus.. the sub will boom around wherever people are..
if you open up yuor dash.. not the navistar part but the bus switch control panels (A/C, heaters, fans, etc.. that panel).. you'll see what im talking about as far as the circuit breakers in rows.. wit ha bar across the top feeding power in.. and at the bottom each one has a screw terminal.. they are removeable and replaceable.. and self-resetting.. in my busses(both) they are all 20 amps.. I changed one of them to a 10 on the red bus for the new fan controller as it came with instructions not to fuse it larger than 10 amps...